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 e-Newsletter 2 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the e-newsletter

Upcoming Events

Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older Adults Workshop
Saturday 7th March, 2020 9.00-5.00pm
NeuRA – 139 Barker St, Randwick NSW 2031

For fitness leaders working with older adults. This workshop will help you tailor exercise programs for falls prevention.
Cost $150, places are limited
For further details and registration click here

NSW Falls Network Rural Forum FWNSW LHD
Wednesday 25th March 2020, 9.30am to 3.00pm
Musicians Club, 276 Crystal St, Broken Hill

This forum will inspire & motivate care staff to provide high quality evidenced based care with a focus on strategies to reduce risk & harm from falls. There will be discussion on the latest research to prevent falls, what are the risk factors and what programs work to prevent them. Management strategies including Comprehensive care (Standard 5), with a focus on strategies to reduce risk & harm from falls and falls preventative measures. This forum will provide practical training to take back to the workplace.

Who should attend: Allied Health, Nursing and Medical Staff from Hospital, Community and Residential Aged Care Settings and Allied Health, Exercise Physiology, Nursing and Medical Students
Registrations at My Health Learning Course Code 279510106
for external registrations email
Registrations close 13th March 2020

NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum
Keeping Active for a Healthy Mind and Body
Friday 15th May 2020
Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney

Speakers Include
  • Pam Albany Guest Lecture: Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA: Healthy cognitive ageing
  • Professor Jacqueline Close, Consultant Geriatrician POWH, NeuRA: Dementia and preventing falls
  • Professor Stephen Lord, Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA: Falls prevention research update
For further details and registrations go to the website or Register Now
Application for Best Practice Initiative Presentations – NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum

We are seeking abstracts for the 2020 NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum on the 15th May for a showcase of falls best-practice initiatives posters. Please provide a short description below of your initiative. All submissions will be reviewed and a number chosen for display on the day. The main Poster Presenter will have their registration costs covered to attend the forum. There will be an award for the best poster at the forum.
To apply, please visit the website and e-mail or fax the form to Cameron Hicks at FAX to 9399 1120 by April 12, 2019.
Website News

The first collection of quarterly articles has been completed and are listed on our website. These include all journal articles published in Q4 of 2019 for the areas listed below:
  • Exercise Interventions and Falls
  • Medication and Falls
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Fractures and Head Injury
  • Dementia and Cognition
Articles for Q1 of 2020 are now being collated and are also updated weekly on the website. These can all be found at

If there are any particular categories you feel would be beneficial or resources that should be added to the website let us know by sending an email to
Program Highlight

The Short-Term Restorative Care Program

The Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) Program is a Federal Government initiative aimed at helping older adults delay or avoid long-term care. This 8-week program focuses on preventing or reducing problems with completing daily tasks, improving health and wellbeing as well as keeping people at home functioning as long as possible. The program is multidiscipline/allied health driven and developed in the home.

STRC Eligibility Criteria. The Client has: 
•    Experienced a setback (sudden or/and gradual decline).
•    Has a Condition amenable to restorative care.
•    Is at risk of losing their independence.
•    Is not on a Home Care Package.
•    Is not already in a residential home care setting.
•    Is not receiving transition care services and has not been hospitalized in the last 3months
•    Is not receiving palliative care.
•    Has not had more than 2 STRC Programs in the last 12 months
A person can access both STRC and Commonwealth Home Support Program services at the same time. 
An Aged Care Assessment Team is required to be approved for the STRC program.

For more information you can learn about the program here or download the manual

Research Update

Exercise to reduce mobility disability and prevent falls after fall-related leg or pelvic
fracture: RESTORE randomized controlled trial

Sherrington C, Fairhall N, Kirkham C, Clemson L, Tiedemann A, Vogler C, Close JCT,
O'Rourke S, Moseley AM, Cameron ID, Mak JCS, Lord SR. J. Gen. Intern Med. 2020;
ePub(ePub): ePub.


Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
(Copyright © 2020, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)

DOI 10.1007/s11606-020-05666-9 PMID 32016702

BACKGROUND: Disability and falls are common following fall-related lower limb and
pelvic fractures.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of an exercise self-management intervention on
mobility-related disability and falls after lower limb or pelvic fracture.
DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial.
PARTICIPANTS: Three hundred thirty-six community dwellers aged 60+ years within 2 years of lower limb or pelvic fracture recruited from hospitals and community advertising.
INTERVENTIONS: RESTORE (Recovery Exercises and STepping On afteR fracturE) intervention (individualized, physiotherapist prescribed home program of weight-bearing balance and strength exercises, fall prevention advice) versus usual care.
MAIN MEASURES: Primary outcomes were mobility-related disability and rate of falls.
KEY RESULTS: Primary outcomes were available for 80% of randomized participants. There were no significant between-group differences in mobility related disability at 12 months measured by (a) Short Physical Performance Battery (continuous version, baseline-adjusted between-group difference 0.08, 95% CI - 0.01 to 0.17, p = 0.08, n = 273); (b) Activity Measure Post Acute Care score (0.18, 95% CI - 2.89 to 3.26, p = 0.91, n = 270); (c) Late Life Disability Instrument (1.37, 95% CI - 2.56 to 5.32, p = 0.49, n = 273); or in rate of falls over the 12-month study period (incidence rate ratio 0.96, 95% CI 0.69 to 1.34, n = 336, p = 0.83). Between-group differences favouring the intervention group were evident in some secondary outcomes: balance and mobility, fall risk (Physiological Profile Assessment tool), physical activity, mood, health and community outings, but these should be interpreted with caution due to risk of chance findings from multiple analyses.
CONCLUSIONS: No statistically significant intervention impacts on mobility-related disability and falls were detected, but benefits were seen for secondary measures of balance and mobility, fall risk, physical activity, mood, health, and community outings. 
TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12610000805077.
Language: en

exercise; fall prevention; hip fracture; randomized controlled trial

Abstracts from the research literature
NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum – Rural Local Health Districts Grant Application
There are up to 14 Rural and Regional NSW grants (2 per Rural LHD) of $235 available for staff to attend the NSW Falls Prevention Network Forum in Sydney, Friday May 15, 2020.
The grant money can be used to cover registration, travel (long distances > 4 hours by road) and/or accommodation costs connected with attending the forum.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The applicant must be nursing or allied health staff in NSW Health supported facilities.
  • The applicant must be involved in falls prevention in one of the Rural Local Health Districts listed.
Eligible LHDs: Hunter New England [excluding Greater Newcastle area], Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, Western NSW and Far West.
The NSW Falls Coordinators will assist in determining the recipients of these grants and all applicants will be notified of the outcome.
To apply, please register here by April 12, 2019

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